“La terra in palcoscenico”: Playing the Common Grounds of Aeschylus and Shakespeare
Keywords:Shakespeare, Aeschylus, hybrid script, experimental performance
These director’s notes offer reflections on as well as an account of the theatre project carried out in Spring 2017, in Verona as part of a practice-based research on Aeschylus and Shakespeare. The project involved the preparation, rehearsal, and performance of an experimental hybrid script, bringing together scenes in the original English and in Italian translation from Shakespeare’s Richard II and Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes. The final production, entitled “Riccardo II in-contra i Sette contro Tebe”, was performed by a cast of mainly student and non-professional actors, and was then the object of discussion within a seminar on staging kingship and power in classical and early modern theatre.
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